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On the 1st July 1862 the trustees of the Rainham township Methodist Episcopal Church awarded a contract to William Jackson Havill and William W.Williams, carpenters, to build a weather boarded 36*24 church on a small parcel of land adjoining the Union cemetry at Sweets Corner, Haldimand, Canada West.

The church was to be complete with floor, cornices, windows, double panelled door to the front, 30 seats and 4 benches and be substantially completed within 3 months of award of contract, for which they were to be paid the sum of 85 dollars, lawful money of Canada.

The church served the local community, including several generations of the Havill family for over a hundred years, finally closing in 1965 with the building being sold to Mount Olivet as a church hall in 1968.

At the time of the church`s construction William Jackson was married with two children, but around 1865 William and his family relocated to Stockton, Chautaugua County, NYS, the start of a journey that saw the family in Illinois in 1876, where his youngest daughter Edith was born, and by 1880, in Minnesota where they appear in the US census for the Town of Brainerd, Crow Wing county.

In 1890-91 William Jackson was resident in Minneapolis, listed in the city directory as a carpenter.
William Jackson Havill b. 18 Jun 1835 Black Rock New York State USA m. 13 May 1858 Rainham Township Canada West d. 29 Mar 1896 Minneapolis Age 60, bu. Lakewood Cemetery 31 Mar 1896
Cordelia Root b. 1836 Rainham Township Haldimand Canada West d. 14 Mar 1910 Minneapolis Hennepin County Minnesota
    Richard 1800 Richard 1765

Oliver Henry b. Jan 1860 Rainham Township Haldimand Canada West m. Millie H Berthiaume abt. 1893 d. 12 Mar 1921 St Paul Ramsey County Minnesota
Ida E b. Nov 1860 Rainham Township Haldimand Canada West Unmarried d. 2 Nov 1943 Minneapolis Hennepin County Minnesota
Alice b. May 1865 prob. Stockton Chautaugua NYS Unmarried d. 6 Mar 1905 Minneapolis Hennepin County Minnesota
Edith b. 10 Jun 1876 Illinois m. Andrew Horton Smith abt. 1907 prob. Duluth St Louis Minnesota d. prob. 12 Dec 1941 Duluth St Louis Minnesota